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San Leandro – Cherry Festivals

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
1. San Leandro – Cherry Festivals Marker
Inscription.
West side of marker:

San Leandro’s farmers expected a bumper crop of cherries in 1909. Why not celebrate and promote the city and one of its wonderful crops? The first cherry festival took place that spring. The Oakland Enquirer reported that it was the greatest carnival ever attempted in the county, and the host city was “as full of carnival spirit and joy as her orchards were full of cherries.” Festivities included a 21-gun salute, a parade, a grand ball, carnival games and booths, and of course lots of cherries.

After the success, the festival became a regular event. Between 1910 and 1912, attendance grew from 45,000 to a remarkable 75,000. In the 1920s the festivals were revived for a decade, and one was held for San Leandro’s centennial in 1972. Since then, cherry festivals continue to celebrate the San Leandro community.

Another opportunity to promote San Leandro crops was the Alameda County Day Parade of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition, the great San Francisco fair to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal. San Leandro stole the show with its parade floats bedecked with San Leandro produce, and Antone Vager’s cherry-covered car won first prize.

North side of marker:
An estimated 45,000 visitors
attended the 1910 cherry carnival
and they consumed 25 tons of cherrys.
Ten tons were given away
and an additional 15 tons sold.

 
Erected by City of San Leandro
North Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
2. North Side of Marker
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Location. 37° 43.435′ N, 122° 9.519′ W. Marker is in San Leandro, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of West Estudillo Avenue and Clarke Street, on the right when traveling west on West Estudillo Avenue. Click for map. Marker is mounted on a pole on the northwest corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: San Leandro CA 94577, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Daniel & Meta Best Home (a few steps from this marker); Casa Peralta (a few steps from this marker); The Little Brown Church (within shouting distance of this marker); San Leandro Courthouse Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); County Courthouse (about 300 feet away); San Leandro – Industry (about 400 feet away); Estudillo Home (about 500 feet away); Masonic Temple (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Leandro.
 
Categories. AgricultureNotable Events
 
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Photo Displayed on Marker
Entrance to the Cherry Festival - 1909
San Leandro – Cherry Festival image. Click for full size.
By San Leandro Centennial-Bicentennial Card-Casa Peralta Museum, June 5, 1909
4. San Leandro – Cherry Festival
San Leandro Cherry Festival Parade on June 5, 1909. At point between Chumala and Haas on East 14th Street
San Leandro – Cherry Festivals image. Click for full size.
By San Leandro Centennial-Bicentennial Card-Casa Peralta Museum, circa 1909
5. San Leandro – Cherry Festivals
San Leandro Cherry Carnival 1909 Ladies Drill Team - Native Daughters. Taken on East 14th Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,220 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4, 5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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